What Women Actually Think About Women’s History Month

By Emma Lynch

emma.lynch@spartans.ut.edu

Women’s History Month occurs in March and is a recognition and celebration of women and their contributions to American history and society. 

Many people take this month to celebrate themselves, their favorite influential figures, and women in general. But the extent of celebratory notions are often limited to simple conversations, posters, or social media posts. 

“I think Women’s History Month is a step toward equality. It gives women the space to exist without patriarchal influence,” said Shayla Brattli, University of South Florida freshman. “Although, I feel that sometimes the month just exists without any result, change, or noticeable recognition. I typically only see feminist or women based organizations posting about the topic and referencing historical figures. It’s great but it doesn’t feel too empowering or influential.” 

Women have been facing the repercussions of intersectionality since the beginning of time. Although when Kimberle Crenshaw coined the term in 1989, it shined a light on an explanation for why women felt as if they were suffering from heavy feelings of overlapping oppression. 

Constant feelings of discrimination still exist in modern society and women still aren’t fully able to exist without some form of inequality or lack of acceptance. This then makes Women’s History Month a breath of fresh air; a pause to remember what we as women are still fighting for. It gives women the space to resist with a title and a reason. It reminds the patriarchy why we do what we do and why we won’t back down. 

Although this month is celebratory on the forefront, some argue that it isn’t necessary. Women don’t need to be singled out and loosely supported for a month. They need to be just as large of a part of history as another large event or influential individual. 

“Women’s history is American history and I find it unnecessary that we shine light on it as different, and only for one month for that matter,” said Gabby Diaz, USF freshman. “Women’s names and accomplishments should be noted in history books and general discourse no less than men. When we continue to single women out it’s a subconscious reminder that equality is still lacking.” 

Especially in academia, children are learning from a young age that women’s history should be celebrated differently; that it should be focused on for a minute before they resume back to learning “regular” history that is more often than not male-centered.

We must continue to push for inclusivity in education and how information is provided. Singling out women isn’t the best start. 

If Women’s History Month is going to continue, the least we can do is become louder. We can continue reminding society why we fight and why the fight is worthy and crucial.We must reference the inequalities and detail their harm. 

“I’ve always felt fairly neutral on the topic until I thought about it further,” said Tallulah Martin, University of Tampa junior. “I never thought it was the worst thing in the world but I definitely don’t think it does much. If we are going to take the time and set aside a month to celebrate, society may as well take that time to recognize ways to achieve stronger strides towards equality.” 

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